With security breaches to LinkedIn and eHarmony putting some 8 million users’ passwords at risk, it’s time to ask yourself how secure your password is.
Let’s face it. Many people are just lazy with their passwords, whether it’s to a website or to unlock their smartphones. They don’t want to think too hard about it. Chances are you or someone you know has a 1234 password for their iPhone or Android.
Security firm Rapid7 came up with a list of the top 30 common passwords used on LinkedIn for MSNBC.com. The list was created using a sample of the 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords released on the Internet. The most common entry to appear was “link.” The second most common entry was “1234.” LinkedIn requires a seven charachter password, so these were only part of the full password.
Bob Sullivan from MSNBC.com suggests coming up with a sentence you can easily remember, then take the first letter of each word and make that your password. Example:
My daughter Julie was born on November 1
Your password would be: MdJwboN1
Sullivan also suggests adding an exclamation point at the end to make it even more unique.
For my smartphone, I went to the extreme of an eight number password. I picked them at random and forced myself to memorize them. Yes, it takes a little longer to type out, but if a thief gets a hold of it, I know he or she won't be able to guess it.
Here is Rapid7’s top 30 list of most common items found in the hacked LinkedIn passwords. (Warning: a couple of these could be considered offensive)